The firm have gone from strength to strength after accessing finance from the NI Small Business Loan Fund. The fund is part of Invest Northern Ireland’s Access to Finance Strategy delivered by Enterprise Northern Ireland and Ulster Community Finance.
Frustrated by the need to haul clunky, awkward guitar stands around - Stephen Henderson, Founder of Ruach Music, worked with the company’s Product Design and Development manager Conor Gallagher to develop the stand.
Stephen said: “We sought to design a guitar stand that was both beautiful and super easy to transport from A to B. Whether you are going to band practice, a gig, a friend's house, busking or a campfire - grab your guitar, and in seconds this stand will foldaway to fit in your pocket!”
What is Kickstarter? Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform where people/backers can support projects/creators financially and in return, backers receive unique rewards - in this case, heavily discounted products. The campaign runs for 28 days, and once it is over - the unique offers are gone!
Why is the Ruach team raising funds? Stephen of Ruach says “There are not many places where you are given the opportunity to combine woodworking, music and your imagination to develop new products for the world to embrace.
We are so privileged to have such a workplace, and we want to provide a young person in our community with the opportunity to join our team, learn the skills we have developed, and work with us to pursue our upcoming project! We also want to up-skill our current team to further the level of innovation we can aspire to.”
“Uniting as a team to develop this product, we at Ruach are delighted to launch the world’s first pocket guitar stand.”
Artists using Ruach Music instruments include members of Ash, Niall Horan, Enter Shikari and The Undertones amongst many others.
Ruach Music began when Stephen developed his own Cajon at age 16 - a box type of percussion instrument – while still at school in Kilkeel. Stephen has since then grown a source of pocket money into a full fledged company with a team of 8 people - developing designs for electric guitars, bass guitars, effects pedals, and many more instruments, all manufactured in Kilkeel.
“To have a dream at aged 16 of creating musical instruments for and with musicians as a job, to now living that dream - it is a complete blessing. I have an incredible team around me who take new concepts from ideas through to market, and we have many new exciting projects in the pipeline!”
“The new pocket-sized guitar stand is our most recent example of creating a quality, functional and beautiful product for musicians, beginners and professional alike to enjoy.”